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Today, your hands are busy at work, your eyes are looking, your mind is thinking, you are planning for the future— tomorrow all may be still, the folded arm, the closed eye remain, but you are gone—gone to eternity.
Others were once busy as you are, healthy as you are, thoughtless as you are; they are gone to eternity.
The merry voice, the painted clown, the talented artist whose presence made the theater and the show an attraction for you, are gone; they are removed far from the region of activity to that of reality—the reality of eternity. The shrewd merchant, whose voice was so familiar to you in the crowded market, is silent. He buys and sells no more—he has entered eternity.
Your own turn to enter eternity will come shortly. Ask yourself honestly: “Am I prepared for eternity?”
Give your conscience time to answer. Listen! It speaks to you today; do not drown its voice or it may speak to you no more. Let the heaven and hell of the future stand before you in all their realities; one of these must be your eternal dwelling place, and today is the time to make your choice. Your tomorrow may be too late—you may be one day behind time.
For which are you living? To which are you traveling?
“These shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matthew 25:46).
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
If you are unsaved, “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).
Let us suppose a vessel is foundering out at sea—exceedingly rotten and leaky, filling fast. From shore a lifeboat is launched and pulls alongside the doomed vessel. The captain of the lifeboat calls to every person on board to leave the old ship immediately. But the people on board resolutely refuse. One says, “Our vessel is not so bad; she only requires a little mending and painting.” Another says, “Away with you and your lifeboat! We have a carpenter of our own, whose business is to mend the ship.”
Some go on with their cards and drinking, while others occupy themselves with emergency tools and paint. A few see their peril and take advantage of the only way of escape. The vessel fills and sinks. Now tell me, if every despiser on board ship goes down, who is to blame? The lifeboat was sent to them, and they refused!
Christ is the lifeboat. He came to save as many as will have Him.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).
There’s a shadow on the world, and it deepens;
The hearts of men begin to fail for fear:
Beneath apparent confidence and boasting,
Perplexity is growing year by year.
There’s a shadow on the world;
it betokens The long-suffering of God is well nigh o’er;
The blest atoning work of Christ the Saviour
Shall be held out to sinful men no more.